Spring Elections: Polls Open (~5/18)

Online Voting is now open for the Spring 2017 NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections!

Please read the candidate platforms and instructions below. You can cast your voteon the Google Form here:
https://goo.gl/forms/DGI3TFql5Qiyc6V12

Voting Rules:

Each NEJETAA member is entitled to cast one ballot only. You have to option to vote for a single candidate or abstain for each position. This poll will be open from its posting, until 11:59PM EDT on May 18th

To be an eligible NEJETAA member (required to vote), you must be an alumnus/alumna of the JET Program and currently reside in the New England region (CT, RI, VT, NH, ME, or MA).

Read the Candidate Platforms Below:

Matt Castle for Vice President

Hello everyone! I’m Matt Castle and I’m running for re-election as Vice President. I’m currently finishing up my second term as Vice President of NEJETAA and am in my fourth year as a member of the Executive Board, having served as Special Assistant for Project Management as well. In the past I’ve been in charge of planning numerous events for NEJETAA, most notably our Annual Ski Trip to Killington VT and starting last year, our annual trip to Northampton MA. I have represented our organization at many events, including the annual JET Q&A at the Boston Children’s Museum and JET Pre-Departure Orientation, among other events. If elected to a third term, it is my plan to build on the success and growth that the chapter has seen over the past few years. We have seen a significant uptick of activity recently, and I will work with our membership coordinator to use this to increase our presence and engagement with alumni outside of the Boston area. Notably, in the coming year, I want to establish at least one official subchapter outside of the Boston area.  I look forward to continuing to serve the alumni community and to work to make our chapter the best it can be.
Rachel Pauplis for Treasurer

Hello, my name is Rachel Pauplis and I am running for re-election as Treasurer.  I was an ALT in Yamaguchi-ken from 2012 to 2014 and returned to Boston after my time on JET.  Having the network of other JET alumni helped ease my transition back into life here, and I have been an active member of NEJETAA ever since. I also value the role NEJETAA plays in connecting people with similar experiences in Japan and maintaining our connection with the greater Japanese community.
I have been acting as Treasurer since December 2014 and would like to continue in the upcoming year.  As treasurer, I will do my best to handle all NEJETAA financial matters quickly and responsibly, organize the NEJETAA budget with the board, CLAIR and the consulate, help plan future events, and continue to be actively involved in the organization. Thank you for your consideration.

Jesse Kerstetter for Social Chair

Hi all! I’m Jesse Kersteter. It’s been a minute since I left Japan (Akita 2006-2010), and now that I’m in living in Boston, I’m hoping to reconnect with the JET community!

As NEJETAA’s Social Chair I would love to support the growth of NEJETAA in collaboration with current members and officers. In order to do this, I would work to help promote and coordinate NEJETAA staple activities like the annual ski trip and Shinnenkai. In addition, I would like to help find ways to engage JET alum in the New England area who live beyond greater Boston. I know that these activities are important opportunities for newly returned JET alum to find support in their return to the US, other alum to reminisce, and help get the word out for future JET participants. I hope my contributions and effort will help to promote the growth and success of NEJETAA over the coming year.

Thanks and I hope to see you in future NEJETAA activities and opportunities!

Spring Elections Call for Platforms

Want to be more involved in NEJETAA? Want to strengthen your professional network in the Japanese community in New England?
 
We are asking for platforms of all interested candidates to be submitted for review by our membership. If you’re interested in joining the NEJETAA board, please submit a platform!
 
What we need:
*Less than 200 words
*Self-introduction, including where and when you were on JET
*What you want to accomplish in your time as an officer
 
Please don’t include any sensitive personal information (phone number, email, etc.), as your platform will be posted online for the membership to read. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just introduce yourself to everyone and tell us what you want to do! Check out platforms from last year’s elections here: http://nejetaa.com/2016/11/17/fall-elections-vote-now/
 
Members will be voting for Vice-President, Treasurer, and Social Chair. (Refer to officer duties listed below)
 
Positions are normally for a one year term, no term limits. Officers are expected to attend as many of the executive meetings (held as necessary) and general meetings per year as possible, with 50% attendance as a minimum.
 
Please send your platform to Dan Lowe at president@nejetaa.com by Tuesday, May 9th. On Wednesday, May 10th it will be published for the general membership to review and vote on by Thursday, May19th.
 
Any questions? Contact Dan (President@nejetaa.com)
 
Thanks, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you!
 
The NEJETAA Officers
Position Descriptions:
 
1. Vice-President
The VP provides both leadership and follow-through on projects planned during meetings, and makes sure that we are fulfilling all our obligations as a JETAA chapter. In addition, the VP is the point person for any NEJETAA sub chapters in New England. Another important responsibility of the VP’s is to provide support to all the other officers. Specifically, this means: working with the membership/ marketing coordinator to increase and track membership; taking on the duties of the president when the president is unavailable; and balancing the powers of the treasurer by checking our bank account. Finally, the VP will prepare the agenda for all NEJETAA general and officer meetings.
 
2. Treasurer
The treasurer plans the annual budget in conjunction with all officers. The treasurer oversees any and all grant requests. The treasurer submits an initial grant request to MOFA in February and to CLAIR in May, and follow up reports and receipt submissions to CLAIR in February and to MOFA quarterly. The treasurer maintains and balances the bank account; collects receipts and writes checks for any chapter expenses, and deposits any checks received within two weeks. The treasurer oversees the obtaining of price quotes and reminds officers of the budget for specific activities. The treasurer oversees any other account or platform (Paypal, etc.) which involves money changing hands. The treasurer informs the Vice President of all passwords, logins etc of any NEJETAA financial accounts. The treasurer also supports NEJETAA events as necessary.
 
3. Social Chair
The Social Chair oversees the logistical planning of NEJETAA events, such as General Meetings, Nihongo Dake’s, Shinnenkai’s, and Happy Hours. The Social Chair advertises upcoming events and works in coordination with other officers to recruit new members. He or she also collaborates with the Membership/Marketing Coordinator to develop activities to increase member participation after the annual membership survey. The Social Chair should attend at least half of all official NEJETAA events.

Calligraphy Exhibition

Showa Boston will host a special Calligraphy exhibition and workshop on Friday, April 28th. A great way to kick off the Boston Japan Festival weekend! RSVP to Miyo Takahashi at mle@showaboston.edu by Friday, April 14.

2017-2018 JETAA USA Platforms Due by this Friday, February 3rd!

Big announcement from JETAA USA!

View this content in your browser:
http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=7484f4dce8313346df79bd3c6&id=bbc1a96272&e=43fb1d0868

The term for serving JETAA USA as a CR is one year and is determined by a vote of all chapters. There are three CR positions available for 2017-18. The requirements for candidacy can also be found in Article IX (pg 6) of the JETAA USA Bylaws.

All candidates must submit a platform by March 3 (Friday), 2017 in order to be considered.
These can be submitted to Jessyca Livingston, Elections Officer, as an email attachment to:
elections@jetaausa.com
Any incomplete, falsified or late platforms will not be considered.
A platform consists of 4 total pieces. These items are also outlined and available on the CR Elections webpage of our JETAA USA website. All platform items will be posted to the public JETAA USA website as that will be the online resource used to present this year’s candidates:

1) Written platform (Microsoft Word)- this should not exceed two written pages; examples are on the jetaausa.com website (About JETAA >> Current Country Reps >> select any of the current CR’s landing pages)
2) Headshot of the candidate (jpg)
3) Chapter Endorsement form (PDF) – this form requires signatures from chapter officers for the chapter where the candidate served as an officer form
4) Financial Endorsement form (PDF)- this form requires signatures from chapter officers from the chapter that the candidate is currently a member of
Voting is scheduled to open on March 10 and close on March 24th, 2017. The elected CRs will be publicly announced on April 1st, 2017. For more information regarding the CR position, you can refer to the JETAA USA Bylaws and the CR Job Description.

If you’d like to discuss the CR position, you are welcome to reach out to any of our Advisory Board members and/ or current CRs. If you have questions regarding the election procedures, please direct those to Jessyca Livingston (JETAARM, ALT Hokkaido 2003-06) at elections@jetaausa.com

Fall Elections Vote now!

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Fall Elections

NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections (11/17-11/24):

Online Voting is now open for the May 2016 NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections!

Please read the candidate platforms and instructions below. You can cast your voteon the Google Form here:
https://goo.gl/forms/mVVJdrxY5BZ26tXD2

Voting Rules:

Each NEJETAA member is entitled to cast one ballot only. You have to option to vote for a single candidate or abstain for each position. This poll will be open from its posting, until 11:59PM EDT on November 24th

To be an eligible NEJETAA member (required to vote), you must be an alumnus/alumna of the JET Program and currently reside in the New England region (CT, RI, VT, NH, ME, or MA).

Read the Candidate Platforms Below:

Dan Lowe for President

My name is Dan Lowe (Chiba Prefecture, 2011 – 2013) and, since joining the board in June 2014, I have had the opportunity to serve as Social Chair, Vice President, and, for the past year, as NEJEJETAA’s President.

Over the past year we have worked hard to expand our presence beyond Boston and create the foundation for more integrated chapter. For this coming year, I plan to work:

· With our Vice President, to found a new, official subchapter that serves as second center, beyond Boston, to host events.

· With our Webmaster, to revamp our website and social media to include an integrated event calendar and more up-to-date info.

· With our Treasurer, to maximize our budget in a way that we can fund events and opportunities that matter to you

· With our Membership Coordinator, to redesign our membership signup in order to keep up to date on who our members are and how they would like to get involved.

· With our Social Chair, to plan and better advertise even more awesome events and opportunities.

As we welcome the 30th anniversary of the JET Program, I know that our brightest days as an organization are ahead and I look forward to working with all of you.
Rebecca Simas for Webmaster/Communications Coordinator

Hello! My name is Becca, and I just returned to Boston in August after I was an ALT for a year on Amami Oshima, one of the beautiful southern islands in Kagoshima Prefecture. I am now working as a college and career advisor for adult ESOL students in downtown Boston.

If I were elected for the Webmaster and Communications Coordinator position for NEJETAA , I would love to continue spreading the word to JET returnees about all of the exciting ways they can still be surrounded by Japanese language and culture upon returning home. I would aim to make our social media presence more interactive with the New England JET community, such as inviting alumni to share their most memorable or funny stories from when they were in Japan, posting spotlights on different prefectures and cities that New England JETs have lived in, or opening up about the challenges of reverse culture shock. I believe in having a supportive community after JET is equally as important as having a support system while in Japan.

If you’re located in Boston, I’d love to meet up with you sometime and swap Japan stories!
Kayla Potter for Membership/Marketing Coordinator

Konnichiwa!
I’m Kayla Potter. I spent three wonderful years (2012-2015) in Aki City, Kochi Prefecture where I worked at 7 elementary schools and 2 middle schools, all while taking in gorgeous ocean views.
In the past year, I’ve moved to Boston, started graduate school in intercultural relations, and begun working as an international student advisor. Once again, I am reminded of the importance of growing your networks.
I would be honored to join the NEJETAA board as your new Membership Coordinator!
As Membership Coordinator, my goal is to make NEJETAA more accessible to JET alum throughout New England. During my time in Kochi, my fellow JETs became a vital social and professional network. I hope to work with the other NEJETAA Board members to better reach alumni throughout the New England region and help those alumni continue to strengthen both the NEJETAA community and their own professional networks. Our membership rolls, website, and new member outreach efforts need updated and made more user-friendly. Additionally, I hope to see the NEJETAA Facebook page become a more active place for community, coordination, and discussion.
I hope to meet each and every one of you in the coming year!
Yoroshiku onegai shimasu!

New England JET Calligraphy Club: November Meeting

caligraphy

Enjoy Japanese calligraphy? NEJETAA is teaming up with Showa Boston to start a monthly club for JET Alumni, and Friends of JET, and Japanese College Students

All levels encouraged, all supplies provided. Feel free to bring friends who want to learn more about JET!

The theme for November’s meeting will be Autumn kanji words!

When: Sunday, November 13, 3:00pm – 5:00pm (optional free cafeteria dinner from 5:00pm)

Where: Showa Boston Institute (420 Pond St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130)

Transportation: on-campus parking is free. Free shuttle available from Reservoir T Station (Green Line, D-Branch, in the same rotary) at 2:50pm. Short Uber ride from Forrest Hills (Orange Line).

Advanced RSVP is mandatory. Please contact Dan Lowe at president@nejetaa.com by Thursday, November 10 and include whether or not you will be staying for a complimentary dinner in Showa’s cafeteria.

Note: Guests are welcome to invite friends, but please do not post to event websites like Meetup without consulting us first.

Fall Elections

Call for Platforms (due by 11/15)

Become an NEJETAA Officer!

It’s time for our Fall election cycle. Want to be more involved in NEJETAA and the Japanese community in New England?
Become an NEJETAA Officer! See below for detailed position descriptions.

 

We are asking for platforms of all interested candidates to be submitted for review by our membership. If you’re interested in joining the NEJETAA board, please submit a platform to Matt (vicepres@nejetaa.com)

Positions up for election:

  • President
  • Membership Coordinator
  • Communications Coordinator / Webmaster

What we need from you:

*Less than 200 words
*Self-introduction
*What you want to accomplish in your time as an officer

Please don’t include any sensitive personal information (phone number, email, etc.), as your platform will be posted online for the membership to read. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just introduce yourself to everyone and tell us what you want to do!

Questions and Platform submissions can be sent to Matt (vicepres@nejetaa.com). Platforms should be submitted by Tues. November 15th.

NEJETAA will then be holding officer elections from November 16-23th.

Results will be Announced on November 24th.

Position Descriptions below: 

 

1. President

The President takes leadership in planning the direction of our group and events, chairs meetings, delegates responsibilities, ensures that NEJETAA is fulfilling all of its obligations as a JETAA chapter (ie. writing and submitting annual reports, etc). The President also serves as our public face by networking and making remarks at events such as the Recent Returnee Dinner at the Consul General’s home. He or she serves as a primary contact for NEJETAA. The President also oversees any educational events, such as Japanese classes or special classes to prepare new JETs.

 

2. Membership/Marketing Coordinator (Clerk)

The Membership/Marketing Coordinator welcomes returning JETs and collaborates with Webmaster on best practices to finding and signing up returning JETs. Membership/Marketing Coordinator develops strategies to keep current members engaged with the organization and updated on NEJETAA events and activities and takes meeting minutes for board transparency (minutes will be distributed via our CRM, Mailchimp and posted online on the NEJETAA website.) The Membership/Marketing Coordinator welcomes new people who register with Facebook page, LinkedIn group, Mailchimp email lists or on our website throughout the year and collects membership data, which is required by CLAIR to substantiate our funding. The Membership/Marketing Coordinator oversees an annual Membership survey and advises the Social Chair on how best to develop events to increase member participation. The Membership/Marketing Coordinator will collaborate with Webmaster to develop best communications marketing plan so to maximize marketing reach, aimed at increasing membership numbers and participation.

 

3. Communications Coordinator / Webmaster

The Webmaster proactively manages our internal and external communications and our strong online presence. The Webmaster updates content on the website and manages all social media channels including the Facebook page, Twitter account, and LinkedIn Group. The Webmaster assists officers to post content to the website, such as job descriptions and events for the calendar. The Webmaster supports marketing/outreach with the NEJETAA website and Facebook pages to attract more users and make the site more comprehensive and resourceful. The Webmaster maintains a “back office” nonpublic area on the website for holding officer accessible documents and resources as well as a shared email account for file storage. The Webmaster collaborates with the Membership Coordinator on communications to members, membership lists and surveys.

Showa Boston Summer Party

Showa Boston Insitute invites JET alumni and their close friends to the 3rd annual Showa Boston Summer Party, held on Saturday, July 16th from 4-7pm. Also in attendance will be several JETs soon to depart for Japan. This should be a fantastic chance to engage with them, as well as to make new Japanese friends in Boston. Click here for details, and to RSVP.

Showa Boston RA Opportunity

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title: Resident Assistant (RA)
Immediate Supervisor: Resident Services Manager

Position Summary
This is a live-in position in a women’s dorm mentoring and supporting predominately female,
Japanese study-abroad students at an academic-residential campus. Provide diverse, individual, and
group learning opportunities for predominately female students to communicate in English and
become more familiar with American culture. This position is a non-paid, residential, part-time
position, with most work hours occurring on evenings and/or weekends. Full room and board and
use of facilities are provided in exchange for services.

Responsibilities include:
Design and implement intercultural activities and programs on and off-campus, at least once
per month.

  • Perform weekday/weekend overnight RA duty approximately 2-3 times monthly and holiday
    duty as needed.
  • Be available every Monday evening from 7:00pm to 10:00pm for mandatory RA team
    meetings, Co-RA meetings, and student leader meetings.
  • Chaperone on and off-campus Student Services activities and trips as needed.
  • Help prepare for and facilitate student move-in and move-out, including attendance at
    orientation activities.
  • Help create a safe, welcoming residential environment for our students; offer advice and
    support when needed, for personal and/or academic questions or concerns.
  • Actively engage in informal, daily interaction with students on campus.
  • Report student welfare concerns to Student Services staff.
  • Submit monthly reports to Resident Services Manager.
  • Participate in all in-service training activities and meetings.

RAs work an average of 10-14 hours per week, predominantly evenings and weekends, in exchange
for private room with a private bath (located in a women’s dorm), full meal plan, use of campus
facilities (including pool, Jacuzzi, and computer lab), free parking, wireless internet, discounted
Japanese lessons on campus, and free shuttle bus (pick up and drop off at Reservoir T stop).

Skills

  • An appreciation of cultural differences and the ability to work closely and successfully with
    other cultures.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies calmly and effectively; displaying critical thinking skills.
  • Experience dealing with conflict and the ability to maintain a sense of humor.
  • Self-motivated; able to initiate interactions with individuals or groups.
  • Ability to deal tactfully with others and exercise good judgment in appraising situations.
  • Maintain effective, positive working relationships other team members.
  • Previous RA experience, study abroad experience, or experience with/appreciation of
    Japanese culture preferred.

Interested applicants should submit an electronic resume and cover letter to: hr@showaboston.edu

30th Anniversary Membership Survey (June 2 ~ July 2)

Want to be entered to win an Amazon gift card while helping out the New England JET Alumni community at the same time? In celebration of the JET Program’s 30th anniversary, completing this year’s membership survey between now and July 1st will enter you to win one of five $10 Amazon gift cards!!!

Your input is greatly appreciated, and it will help us cater more effectively to the needs of members of NEJETAA. This year we are stressing location and contact information. Doing so helps us plan events around YOU. To that end, we are also encouraging non-Boston based members to plan and join subchapter activities around New England. Click on the survey below for more information. http://goo.gl/forms/0kOux2xVciOZzxCy2